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Why you Shouldn’t be Afraid of Pattern & Print Mixing: The Perfect Way to Experiment with Your Closet This Spring! Part 1

As someone who has a endless revolving color palette of neutral colors including blacks, greys, creams, and browns in her wardrobe, I figured since the curse on winter is nearly passed us here on the east coast, (fingers crossed) I should start pulling together some outfit trends that I have been eyeing for this upcoming spring season!

As the weather begins to warm up, most of us start to experience sheer excitement and motivation to pull ourselves up and out of winter’s hibernation. It is a time when you purge the old, tired, and warn in excange it for some of the major fashion trends of the year.

Bringing in the new equinox means that the days are longer and the sun is shining brighter! That transition within the solar system should also mean that the same transition should also be considered within your wardrobe as well. While my color palate revolves around neutral and rich dark colors, spring collections tend to assist me in leaning towards animated prints, cuts, patterns and colorful curated clothing compared to fabrics typically worn through fall and winter.

While there are many resources where you can search trends to try for 2019, lets start with the most common and simplest concept to liven up your closet-COLOR.

More specifically, color and print mixing!

Take a moment to think about what colors come to mind when you think of spring fashion? For me it includes various shades of purple, pink, red, green, yellow, and blue. These colors are actually the official colorway for 2019 spring/summer collection according to the NY Fashion Week’s Pantone color chart. With this in mind, I went to a couple of my favorite Goodwill Thrift Stores on the hunt for outfits to fit the occasion.

This will be part of a 3 part series so make sure you come back to keep reading & what looks I put together!

Look 1-Hip Hop & Rhythm & Blues

The first look I put together was a collaboration of 90’s Hip Hop & R&B mixed with the comfort of athleisure. I found these beautiful Adidas blue track pants in the men’s section when I was on my way out of the store. After one glance I knew they needed to be a major part of my spring/summer wardrobe! The colorway including a prominent white side paneling with black trim piping made it the perfect piece to mix and match with your favorite white tee or crop top.

I chose this striped cabbage trim crop top that I happened to score for less than $2! It was on sale for the color of the week (yes!) and already have ideas on to style it with other outfits. Pattern mixing like I’ve done here, is done very subtly and might I add, easily! And that is due to the colors contained within each piece. My track pants and top both include neutral colors and also happen to be of the same color (black & white). However, while I have stripes on the top, it is complimented by the solid color blocking from the pants below.

 

 

For shoes, I would have loved to find a nice pair of white chunky sneakers (preferably FILA’s Distrputor’s) to really make this outfit a throwback hit but, my nomad high-top canvas trainers from Bangs Shoes will do just fine! Despite my luck on finding my dream sneakers, I think the leather fanny pack really made up for it and really set the outfit off, making it all come together.

Stay tuned for my next couple posts where I show you more spring outfit inspiration and outfits I’ve put together for you!

In the meantime, what are some of your favorite spring trends you’re excited to try this season?

Good Luck-

xo,

Danielle

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Ways You Can Style A Men’s Vintage Blazer to Fit Into Your Wardrobe!

Is it possible to find vintage pieces in the men’s section? Well, of course. But, if you are like me, majority of your clothing comes from the women’s and when concerning vintage pieces, the sizing can be a bit ‘off’ and can leave you discouraged. For me, I typically wear a size 8-10 in womens pants and a size M in tops. However, during my last thrift trip, I tried a number of sizes and nothing seemed to fit. Trying to keep it together inside was a struggle because I really thought I gained a bit of weight but knew that couldn’t be further from the truth; But that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t ready to give up!

In a recent post I shared in my last post about how I sourced my latest pair of vintage mom jeans  by checking out the men’s section. When you think of cute vintage pieces you can sometimes automatically think they are found in the women’s section. But just like the mom jeans I found, this beautiful houndstooth blazer was also in the men’s section and I was lucky to score it for just $7! I saw so much potential in how I could style it & knew I needed to make a video look book for you all!

Of the 3 looks I came up with on the fly, which outfit is your favorite?

 

 

xo,

Danielle

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My Trick to Finding the Best Pieces While Shopping- The Location will Shock You!

Would you believe this top is actually a size 2X?

Yeah…I couldn’t either!
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Here’s a pro tip: Scanning the return rack saves you 100% of the time and effort than searching the racks one by one. Items left on the ‘go back’ rack are items that have already been plucked because it caught someone’s attention and was worthy enough to try on. And if it caught their attention, it might catch yours as well! Scanning returns eliminates majority of the effort shopping requires, which to me, is a plus ’cause I like to work smarter not harder!

This method has done me well when I’m feeling overwhelmed and just aren’t having much luck. Keep in mind, this trick can work in a regular stores as well! Doing this has landed me this gem & so many others! I encourage you to try this out during your next shopping trip! 🤞🏽

Thrifted Outfit Details:
Top: Land’s End
Bottoms: Gap
Shoes: Steve Madden

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

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Come To Work with Me: How I List Items to Sell on the Poshmark Selling App

If you have been following me and my blog for some time now, you know that I have created a hobby into a business by selling name brand trendy women’s & men’s clothing online with Poshmark.

Many you have left me wonderful compliments on how great I am doing and want to know my secrets. And while, I do not have any secrets to share, besides hard work, and persistence, I thought it would be fun to take you along with me on what I do in a day and show you my process on how I list on Poshmark!

Long story short, I have been a buyer since 2014 but, only recently a (part time) seller on Poshmark since August 2017! Within this short time I have sold $5,256 by finding thrift store treasures and flipping it into a secondary income. I hope that taking a peek into my progress will encourage you that a side hustle is always a possible means of having fun and of course, earning the extra cash you need!

Before we get started you’re going to need sign up for Poshmark. If you haven’t already, you can use my code “THREADLIFT” for a $5 code.

Source Quality Items:

Sounds simple enough right? Wrong! Knowing what brands to source is probably the hardest part about this process, and for good reason. Half of being able to earn money for the items you want to sell is also knowing the demand of your market. Are you selling women’s clothing? What are some popular brands that women are buying right now? What trends are in? What season is it? There are many variables to understand but here are some of my favorite Poshmark resellers that I have learned alot from in my journey! Their Youtube channels have helped me learn what to buy and what to price it for in my early reselling days.

Alexandria, The Deal Queen

Jenna, Empty Hanger

Nicole State, States Place

Prep, Steam, Stage:

After sourcing the items I want to sell within my closet, it’s time to make them look presentable. Think about how you feel when you shop online; what are you most attracted to? If you could compare a wrinkle free top that was nicely displayed on a mannequin vs. the same top, full of wrinkles and draped on the side of someone’s bed, which one would you be more interested in? Right- so keeping that in mind; remember what goes through a customer’s mind when they step into your closet. Take a look at how I stage my closet by visiting my Poshmark Closet. Often times I opt for a bright or warm tone flat lay for my cover shot while including diverse ways of listing by showing the item displayed in a multitude of ways.

Photograph your Items:

Probably the next and most important step in this process is creating your image! While you do not need the most expensive camera, lighting kits or editing tools, consideration of how your photography is still very important. My favorite time to take photos is in natural light,which is typically found to be the best in the middle of the day around 1-3 PM. Considering that it is currently winter, timing will be everything with the shortened days and longer nights.  If you own a smartphone, you have a special advantage of using editing tools for your photos. Most smartphones come with the ability to apply a default filter and adjust the lighting, exposure, contrast, etc. allowing you to make the best of your photo without too much effort!

Tip: If you are using your phone, take your pictures in square mode…I made this mistake and some of my images are cut off because I shot in vertical originally (ugh). 

Upload to Poshmark:

My favorite step! Now that you have your item photographed, its time to upload it to the Poshmark platform. Poshmark allows you to upload 8 photos to showcase your items, so more is better! When choosing what photos to upload, I make sure to get a picture of the front of the item, back, close up of the brand label and size, garment care tag, length and width (tops) and waist measurements/ inseam measurement (pants).

After uploading your photos, next is to describe, describe, describe! Be as descriptive as possible in your listings. Are there any flaws? Make sure you also describe those for transparency to avoid confusion for your buyer in order to make a quicker sale!

Share, Share, SHARE:

I seriously cannot stress this enough. The purpose of Poshmark is to SHARE your closet with the community. After you have uploaded your image, you must be sure to continuously share that item to the news feed to give it exposure. The more consistent you do this, the greater the chances your items will sell —and fast! What’s better, is that other Poshers will share you items for you to their followers which will give you even MORE exposure. When someone does this for you, always return the favor and then pay it forward to someone else’s closet! Before you know it, you’ve already made your first sale!

I hope these tips encouraged you to start your own Poshmark closet! With the new year starting fresh, you have the best opportunity right now to clean out your closet and get your feet wet in the reselling side of fashion!

Good Luck,

xo

Danielle

 

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How I Wore My Favorite Summer Career Dress During the Winter!

Happy 2019 Everyone!

One of my favorite things to do at the start of a New Year is to evaluate the clutter in my life, and for me that means, starting with my wardrobe. Now that I have taken steps to maintaining a capsule closet, I have noticed that I currently own an abundance of dresses! And this is probably for good reason-they are easy to style! Choosing one piece of clothing over having to wear pants is literally a win in my book. It’s not that I don’t like wearing pants (maybe a little bit) but, really just the simplicity that comes with throwing on one piece of clothing and being put together in an instant that is so satisfying. I even find that dresses are consistently one of the more popular women’s item that I sell within my closet on Poshmark; women love to not have to think about what they want to wear, they just want to look good.

While I began cleaning my closet of unwanted items, I noticed a few of my favorite dresses were sheath dresses, sleeveless and career style. I typically save these dresses to wear to work during the summer months for their comfort and because they are the most appropriate attire for my office’s business casual environment (again I don’t wearing like pants). However, during the winter months, I always feel that I have a shortage of warm dresses to work with, forcing me to wear the same couple items in heavy rotation; until now.

It’s not much of a discovery in the general sense of the term but, during my last thrift trip I discovered this beautiful paid sleeveless sheath dress that would fit perfectly with the current color scheme in my wardrobe. It had these beautiful faux buttons on the chest and the perfect bottom length (tall girl problems) that basically screamed for me to picked it up!

Tuning into my creative juices, I decided to pair it with a black mock neck 3/4 sleeve sweater, tights and my new favorite thigh high sock boots I recently picked up from Poshmark to complete my look!

In minutes I realized that the dresses I reserved for the hot summer months could work for me during the winter too! The mock neck top in many ways elevated the dresses professionalism by adding an extra layer of contrast to the subtle plaid look while also giving it a fun & flirty look. My sock boots are on trend and pair with just about everything to give you that extra ump in your step while keeping your toes warm! My jewelry was simple for this look as I was careful to not over style this look- and paired a thrifted men’s gold/silver watch and minimal dainty earrings. I choose a thrifted leather on strap mini backpack to hold all my essential items for my commute.

I encourage you to look through your current wardrobe and create a new outfit idea inspired by some of your favorite pieces. Is there a top you love to wear during one season that can be accessorized with others and still work?

Leave your ideas below!

Good Luck,

xo

Danielle

 

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My #1 Pro Tip when Shopping Secondhand! Learn How I Scored My Favorite Wardrobe Pieces

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Shopping at the thrift store can be overwhelming and it’s hard to decide where to start first. With so many options for clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes, home décor it’s hard to know where to begin looking!

As a seasoned thrifter, I can still relate to this feeling new or casual thrifters may experience. I tend to get overwhelmed when I am shopping at a new store and not sure of how the layout works and what the culture of the shoppers is like.

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Whatever the case may be, I have stuck with one sold tried and true tip when it comes to thrift shopping. and that is to make sure you shop the entire store! Now, if time is not on your side or you’re tired, hungry, or just not feeling it that day- then this tip may be a hard one to follow through. But, if you can counter those feelings by preparing ahead of time, shopping all corners of the store, while sometimes tedious, have delivered amazing results during many trips without fail!

How does shopping the entire store work for you? You might be skeptical as to why this is my favorite tip but, you might be surprised to know that about 50% of my favorite finds were discovered in sections where I least expected them. I typically wear a size M-L top, size 8 dress, and size 30 jeans. But, one of my recent finds, a organic cotton J. Jill button up floral top (pictured) was found in a size I would never typically to shop from.

This top is actually a size 1X. Yes! But, looking at how I styled it, you probably would never have thought of that right? And furthermore, you would never expect me to find something in that size that looks good on someone with my physique. With that said, you might wonder how many items YOU have passed up simply because you limited yourself to specific sections of the store.

What you need to understand is that the fun found from thrifting comes not only with shopping discounted prices but, also finding hidden gems in all corners of the store. I’ve found my favorite pair of Chuck Taylors in the men’s section and some unique tee shirts in the boy’s section simply because I looked for them and stretched the boarders of my imagination on how to incorporate them into  my wardrobe.

The next time you are out shopping try wandering over to the men’s section and browsing for a bit. My recommendations are to shop outerwear (jackets), sweaters, tees and shoes first. They are usually easier to style and are for the most part, unisex!

Good Luck,

Danielle

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Capsule Wardrobes: A Look inside my Capsule Closet for the Upcoming Winter Season!

In a previous post, I explained the benefits of 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge and the differences of creating a Capsule Closet.

Since then, I decided to tackle my own closet and created a capsule closet for the Winter 2018 season and I have been head over heels with for the last 3 weeks! My closet is filled with neutral colors, textures and patterns that provide me the ability to coordinate different outfits as well as keeping me warm through seasonal transitions, but more importantly, I am really beginning to settle into my own sense of style that is uniquely mine which is a mix of comfortable casual with a touch of sass.

I am always excited when fall comes around for multiple reasons but, my favorite always remains the fact that fashion always takes center stage in débuting its new trends to try.

However, this year was a little different. I challenged myself to only purchase trends that I absolutely knew I wanted to participate in over the next 3 months & evaluate if I really needed to purchase them. If the answer was yes to one or both of the previous questions, I would promise to shop secondhand FIRST to score those items. I am happy to report that I was able to salvage what could be found in my current wardrobe that had been put in storage last year to contribute to my capsule closet. Other items (about 50%) were thrifted from some of my favorite local thrift stores.

Below I will break down the different categories of apparel I am rotating currently within my closet- Enjoy!

 

*Comment down below what items you have in your wardrobe for this winter season?

xo

Danielle


Outerwear:

If someone were to ask me what is my favorite item of clothing, it would be outerwear. It is the last item of clothing to be put on but, it holds so much value since more than likely it is tailored to go with the rest of your outfit to “fit the occasion”. And I like to think of it as another layer to add to the bomb outfit that will come off in a quick reveling like motion.

Ellen Tracy Tweed Wool Blend Coat: This beauty was thrifted over the summer at a thrift store in D.C.! Wearing it has been everything that dreams are made off & strangers who have complimented me seem to think the same!

Lady GaGa Born This Way Faux Leather Jacket:  Although this jacket was purchased at a vintage shop in Adams Morgan, D.C. the shop owner said she loved the trendy gold lettering and the unique design of the unicorn & message of positivity. I have to say,  I 100% agree and I love pairing it with casual outfits on the weekends.

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Pants

GAP High Rise Denim Jeans: Black, skinny leg, high rise. What more is there to say? These pair of pants go with everything in my closet.

Madewell High Rise Sailor Pants: While I’m not the biggest fan of blue jeans, I find that these are more than blue jeans because of their unique double square pocket on the front side that sit perfectly on the high rise waist; they also have a wonderful stretch all around. I found these while thrifting in NYC for just $11.

Ann Taylor Ankle Ponte Pants: I scored these pants in three amazing neutral colors (grey, navy, olive) at Goodwill! They were new with tags and only $13 each! I wear these every week to the office to fit the business casual dress attire.


Sweaters

Caslon Fisherman’s Turtleneck Sweater I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I lived in turtlenecks. Mostly because my mom did her best to keep us from getting sick during the brutal NY winters, but little did she know I actually enjoyed the secure feelings it gave me. I found this rich grey turtle neck sweater for just $4. I love the embellished knitting along the sleeves and the dense cotton fabric that pairs perfectly with any pant.

Banana Republic Cropped Knitted Sweater: That title almost sounds like an oxymoron right? But this sweater I found from J. Crew pulls its weight and provides the perfect amount of warmth! The thick cotton fabric, vented hem on the back and the bright red color all work in tandem to make me appear that I spent way more time on planning the outfit than I actually did- that’s a win, win for me!


Tops / Blouses

Ann Taylor Striped Top: When I was thinking of staple pieces, this style and pattern came up the most in my search results. I found this in new condition for only $2! The 3/4 sleeves provide warmth without sacrificing comfort (I don’t like long sleeve tops) and the horizontal stripes are complimentarily to tall frame! I like this style so much, I also found the same shirt, but in short sleeve!

Denim Chambray Button Up: Everyone has a denim Chambray top right? But I wanted one that had more personality than most. I saw this top and knew it was the one. What I love most is the deep V neck line that compliments bottom hem! It reminded me of a tuxedo jacket and without much more thought, I added it to my closet!

Green Camo Tee Shirt: A tee shirt may not seem like the most seasonal appropriate item to add to your closet during cooler months, but think of it as an opportunity to use as a laying piece! I found this top on sale at Macy’s for just under $7. I love wearing it on the weekends when I’m running errands or just kickin’ it around the house.



Shoes

Caslon Leather Ankle Boots: Originally when I saw these boots I wanted to sell them. Being that they are a size 11, black, and fall appropriate. They would be hard to come by for the average big foot girl (speaking from experience) However, I looked at my existing closet and noticed that my current boots were a bit beaten up, so much so I took a second look at these and told myself “I’ll only wear them once, what’s the harm in that?”. Well- as any re-seller would know, don’t wear your merchandise cause it will never get sold. And that’s exactly what happened. Now these shoes are now-forever mine lol.  I found these at the thrifts for $10.

Nine West Laser Cut Loafers: Similar to the Caslon boots, these were also originally intended to sell (I have a problem haha) but after listing and relisting these Nine West shoes twice I decided that they could join my shoe gang. I primarily wear these to work since they are appropriate for any look and add a spin to the usual loafer look with the exposed laser cut on the sides. I’m a fan of subtitle details and low prices like $12 that I found these for!

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